60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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60 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Durango
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ridgway
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Fruita
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Buena Vista
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Vail
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Steamboat Springs
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

6
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Get outdoors at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and Mount Cutler Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Skyline Drive (in Canon City) and Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail (in Castle Rock). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. In October, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler than Atlanta - with highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Skyline Drive
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

6
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Evans and Guanella Pass. Family-friendly places like Denver Zoo and Hidee Gold Mine will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown), Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park, Maison de Ski, & more) and Flatirons (in Boulder). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum.

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Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Hidee Gold Mine, Golden History Museum, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

6
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Majestic Dude Ranch. Visiting San Juan National Forest and Treasure Falls will get you outdoors. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Pagosa Springs (Piedra River Trail, Two Old Crows, & more) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hovenweep National Monument and enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango online day trip planner .

You can fly from Denver to Durango in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°F in Durango. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ridgway.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde National Park, Majestic Dude Ranch, Million Dollar Highway, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

5
nights
Ridgway

Ridgway ©
The Town of Ridgway, coined Gateway to the San Juans, is a Home Rule Municipality in Ouray County, in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Change things up with these side-trips from Ridgway: Telluride (Bear Creek Falls & River Rafting & Tubing), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & North Rim) and Needle Rock (in Crawford). There's still lots to do: trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ridgway trip maker website .

Getting from Durango to Ridgway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Durango in October, expect nights in Ridgway to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Ridgway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ouray, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Needle Rock, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

4
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa. Kids will enjoy John McConnell Math and Science Center and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey. Change things up with these side-trips from Fruita: Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway), Crag Crest Trail (in Mesa (Mesa County)) and Jones Hole Trail (in Dinosaur). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and look for gifts at Enstrom's.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fruita day trip app .

You can drive from Ridgway to Fruita in 2 hours. When traveling from Ridgway in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Fruita, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Jones Hole Trail, Meadery of the Rockies, Crag Crest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Crag Crest Trail ©
Crag Crest Trail

7
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Hanging Lake Trail, & more). The adventure continues: cruise along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Rio Grande Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fruita in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 60°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

5
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Kebler Pass will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Great Sand Dunes National Park (in Mosca), Leadville (Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Hagerman Tunnel, & more) and Rio Grande National Forest (in Monte Vista). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Poudre Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Clear Creek Reservoir, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Leadville, Poudre Canyon, Kebler Pass, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rio Grande National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

6
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Get in touch with nature at Vail Recreation Path and Vail Mountain Resort. Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Beaver Creek Ski Area make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum (in Dillon), Frisco (Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail & River Rafting & Tubing) and Breckenridge (Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, Wellington Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, explore the landscape on two wheels at Sally Barber Mine Trail, and trek along Blue River Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vail sightseeing planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in November, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (34°F), and nights are about the same (22°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Frisco, Silverthorne, 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
River Rafting & Tubing

7
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Kids will enjoy Horseback Riding Tours and Alluvial Fan. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see The Studio Fine Art and Framing in Estes Park, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, hike along Never Summer Ranch, and stroll through Andrews Glacier Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Vail, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

7
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Fish Creek Falls and Thunderhead Hiking Trail. Bring the kids along to The Crooked Key and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Elk River Guest Ranch in Clark, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, cast your line with a fishing tour, fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 43°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Elk River Guest Ranch
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

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